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Cashews Are My New Favorite Nut

In Nutrition, Recipe on April 11, 2013 at 8:51 pm
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Raw cashews

Creamy cashews’ mild flavor make them perfect for thickening sauces, soups, and substituting for creams and spreads. These ‘creams’ are fast and easy to make and can be used as a substitute for creamy dairy products like cream cheese, sour cream, or whipped cream. Use the sweet one on Chia Pudding or a baked sweet potato and the sour one on Mushroom Tacos or bagels.

Again, release all expectations and give it a try…

sweet cashew cream

Sweet cream with smashed raspberries or honey & cinnamon

Sweet:
1 cup cashews – raw, soaked for 2hrs
slightly less than 1/4 cup your fave nut milk
1/2 tsp vanilla
1-2 TBSP maple syrup OR honey
dash of cinnamon & nutmeg

 

Place drained cashews and all ingredients in food processor. Let it process for a LONG TIME. you want this to be very smooth. It should look like tahini when finished.

 

sour cashew cream

Sour cream with smoked salmon, lemon, & flax crackers

Sour:
1 cup cashews – raw, soaked for 2hrs
juice of 1 lemon
2 tsp apple cider vinegar
pinch of sea salt

 

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Mushroom Tacos

In Nutrition, Recipe on April 11, 2013 at 8:43 pm
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Shiitake mushroom tacos with raw spinach and cashew sour ‘cream’

Continuing with the theme of incorporating more plant foods into your diet and embracing a newfound willingness to try foods you may have convinced yourself you don’t like, these shiitake mushroom tacos with a nut-based sauce are really quite good! Especially if you release all expectations of carne asada. I use Trader Joe’s 1/2 corn & 1/2 wheat tortillas b/c they are more pliable than corn (no blow-outs!) and more nutritious than plain white flour. You can also use romaine leaves to make lettuce wraps

Ingredients:

12-16oz shiitake mushrooms – thinly sliced

Optional: matchsticks of peeled zucchini and eggplant

First make spice paste in food processor:

1 jalapeño pepper

1 TBSP fresh grated ginger

1 tsp salt

1 TSP maple syrup

1 TBSP olive oil

1/2 lemon – juiced

2 tsp dried thyme

1.5 tsp allspice

1/4 tsp cayenne

3/4 tsp nutmeg

1/4 tsp cinnamon

Toppings; cashew sour ‘cream’, really good salsa, diced avocado, and diced papaya

Heat spice paste in oil over medium heat in caste iron pan. Add mushrooms and/or veggies and thoroughly mix with spice paste.  Mix thoroughly while sautéing until any liquid is gone. Place a handful of raw baby spinach on a warm tortilla (or use lettuce leaves), add mushroom filling, and dollop with cashew cream. Top with avocado, papaya, and salsa. YUM!

Living a Sepia-Toned Life

In Mindfulness, Nutrition on April 3, 2013 at 9:52 pm
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From Danielle LaPorte’s book, The Fire Starter Sessions.

I’ve never been a black-and-white kind of thinker. You might say I am comfortable in the gray area but that evokes a kind of dullness. I prefer the gentle warmth of a sepia-toned life. My line of work, my physical appearance, or other observations of me by others prompt such assumptions as: I’m a vegan (I’m not), I never eat sugar (I do), or I sell salmonberries (I don’t!). I admit to having very healthy eating habits but I don’t follow a dogmatic approach to eating nor do I ever say ‘never’ (hmm, did I just say it?). I feel we can all learn to trust ourselves enough to live mindfully in the Sepia Zone. It’s the area between black-and-white-rule-following that is warmer and more inviting and nothing is out-of-bounds. I eat a plant-based, no-sugar diet like…80% of the time. I’m making that number up – it could be 90% or 75% – the number doesn’t matter! What does matter is that this is my diet the VAST majority of the time. It’s not painful or steeped in willpower. It’s just present moment awareness and mindful decisions that involve trusting myself and my body. This approach feels easy, joyful, and appreciative to me as opposed to strict, disciplined, and degrading. I am not the type to eat a daily dessert so when I want to treat myself, I go big. If you are the type that would rather have a treat more often but are concerned about the nutritional impact, then check out Chia Pudding and Choco-Chia Nut Spheres.